Oil on canvas, signed & inscribed verso
24½ x 29½ in.
William Lee Hankey was a painter and etcher of figure subjects and harbour scenes. He was born in Chester in 1869 and served in the Artists’ Rifles during the First World War. He studied at Chester School of Art and at the Royal College of Art. Subsequently he lived and studied in Paris.
For many years Lee Hankey lived in France, and his subjects mainly featured Normandy, Brittany and the Côte d’Azure. Like many artists of his generation, his early figurative work was influenced by the plein-Air painter, Bastien- Lepage, who perfected the square brush technique, but his later work has a style unique to himself.
From 1893 Lee Hankey exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Old Watercolour Society, the New Watercolour Society and at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He was elected to full membership of the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the Royal Society of Etchers. He taught etching at London’s Goldsmith College, and examples of his work can be found in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the Canton Museum of Art in Ohio and in the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle on Tyne.